Describe the term paleoanthropsychobiological. Who coined this term?

Ellen Dissanayake chooses to look at art on a much broader scale than either modern or postmodern arts do, she considers art to be a universal idea. Dissanayake believes that art is ingrained into human behavior, thus causing art to not merely be objects, but to be acts of human performance. She coins the term paleoanthropsychobiological to describe this theory she puts forth of humanistic art. This term describes how art is part of human culture, dating back to the very beginning of human existence, not just recent human civilization. Art is part of the biological makeup of an individual and even allows for an essence that art is part of human’s psychological makeup. Paleoanthropsychobiological refers to the abstract nature of art. So, like before mentioned, art is not an item, not an object, it is a state of mind. An analogy might be that instead of art being a noun it should be the combination of an adjective and a verb. Art is a description and an action, which is developed from already ingrained human traits.

What does Dissanayake mean by the phrase “making special”? How does it relate to art?

Dissanayake uses the phrase “making special” to describe art as an act of making something individual or unordinary, rather than an object one would look upon. The idea of making something special can merely be adding stickers to a remote control. It is a process that humans have used to grow and develop. That is part of what sets humans apart from animals, progression and development. If one makes something better or something special than it is a development from something previous and in the end it is thus a piece of art, and the process of creating it and thinking up the idea was the artwork. To make special is to make art.